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Internet Disruption in Belarus

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Click to expand Image Free Wifi advertisement in the Minsk metro., August 2020  © HRW My internet went out when I crossed the border into Belarus on Monday. I was on my way to Minsk to report on the government response to the unprecedented public mobilization following last weekend’s disputed election. Reports today indicate that 5,000 people have been detained by authorities. Hundreds of demonstrators were beaten by police, and Russian journalists were summarily deported. One protester died from injuries. “So, what’s up with the election results?” asked the taxi driver who met me as…

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